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Is that a severed hand or are you just happy to see me?

Tattoo by Charley Gerardin

Tattoo by Charley Gerardin

Check out Thing Gallery, where tattoo artists tattoo silicone hands for display. It started as a one-off charity event and turned into a long-standing gallery show.

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On February 26th, Fareed Kaviani presented an exhibition of tattooed silicone hands and sheets at Melbourne’s Neon Parlour. All profits from the sale of the tattooed silicone went to SafeSteps and WIRE, two Melbourne based organisations dedicated to providing support to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

With support from INKED magazine, Things & Ink, Melbourne Permanent, Sailor Jerry, Protat (who donated $500 to the charities), Temple Brewery, Mulbury, Daseti, and Metal Couture, the event was a unique opportunity to view the work of many world-renowned artists such as Sasha Unisex, Grace Neutral, Guy Le Tatooer, and David Cote, including national talents such as Alvaro Flores, Matt Deverson, Lauren Winzer, and Mel Wink.

Each silicone hand was individually moulded from a unique cast of Fareed’s hand. With no prior knowledge of prosthetics or experience making moulds or using silicone, the process was one of trial and a shit load of error. Initially, the idea was to make one hand and write a ‘how to’ piece for INKED magazine, however, after investing over 3 months researching materials, contacting professionals, and sitting through hours of YouTube tutorials, Fareed felt like an article would be a premature ending. Plus, he didn’t want to part with his newfound skills in silicone moulding that easily. So, naturally, he contacted over 30 international, national, and local tattooists asking if they were interested in tattooing a hand or sheet that we could sell to raise funds for two incredibly important organisations, Safesteps and WIRE. And you can’t exactly say no to that! Lo and behold, these artists refused to shy away from the challenge and instead dedicated their time and demonstrated their artistic talent to create a beautiful and curious array of tattooed extremities and sheets.

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Tattoo by Sam Kane

Tattoo by Sam Kane

With the exhibition complete, Fareed decided to continue Thing Gallery by commissioning artists to tattoo hands for the public to purchase through the website (www.thinggallery.com). Artists currently tattooing a Thing include:

Guy Le Tatooer guyletatooer.com
Jorge Ramirez @jorgeramireztattoo
Vond Barta @vondtattoo
Mel Wink @smel_wink
Gakkin @gakkinx
Fergus Simms @fergus_simms
Nic Tse @jynt
Oozy @oozy_tattoo
Or Kantor @om_kantor
Amy Unalome @amy_unalome_tattoo
Elric Gordon @elriccfh
William Jellman @pastilliam
Tim Tavaria @timtavaria
Matt Deverson @mattdeversontattoo
Zane Donnellan @gooneytoons_str
Onnie O’leary @onnieolearytattoo
Eugene Plotnikov @yeahgnar
Hannah Pixie @blackstabbathofficial
Russell Winter @russellxwinter
Leonie New @leonienewtattoos
Mav @maverickreevetattoo
Emmet @emmet_jace_tattoos
Adrian @edekqwerty
Blair @blair_maxine_hewitt
Sasha Masiuk @sashatattooing
Damien Thorn @damien.j.thorn
Ishi Neve @ishi_neve

Thing Gallery also provides gallery quality tattooable hands and sheets direct to the public.

Thing Gallery have an exciting new project in the works featuring Hannah Pixie Snow, VICE magazine, and a full-sized silicone head! So follow their Instagram page @thinggallery for updates.

The single hands are current exhibited pieces, for sale in their gallery.

Yakuza Apocalypse

I recently received an email about a movie that looks pretty entertaining. Check out the trailer and information on the film and its release dates below.

YAKUZA APOCALYPSE
THEATRICAL RELEASE 6 JANUARY 2016

*THE MOST LUNATIC VAMPIRE ACTION FILM YOU’LL EVER SEE*

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Manga Entertainment is excited to announce a UK theatrical release of cult Japanese director, Takashi Miike’s latest cinematic feast, Yakuza Apocalypse. The film, which recently wowed audiences at the London Film Festival and had its world premiere at Cannes Directors Fortnight is coming to UK cinemas January 6.

In what The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin refers to as ‘demented brilliance’, the film is arguably the craziest vampire-gangster genre mashup ever witnessed. Miike’s signature blend of deranged horror, slapstick and action are all on display here, making Yakuza Apocalypse not only his most fun film but also the most bizarre to date.

Yakuza Apocalypse tells the story of Kageyama who is ridiculed for being the only member of the Yakuza clan unable to brand himself with their signature tattoo due to sensitive skin. However, when a dying Kamiura, the most feared boss in the Yakuza underworld, bites Kageyama he is transformed into a bloodthirsty monster who will stop at nothing to avenge his former boss.

“This is definitely the most insane vampire movie you’ll ever see and we are extremely proud to be bringing it to the big screen! For those familiar with Miike’s controversial yet fun work, you’ll be happy to know he is on fine ‘crazy’ form with this action-packed and blood-soaked horror. Yakuza Apocalypse is also from the producers of The Raid 1 & 2 so you know the fight scenes are exceptionally kinetic and the story is a thrilling spectacle!” – Andrew Hewson, Marketing Manager at Manga Entertainment

Director: Takashi Miike

Cast: Yayan Ruhian, Hayato Ichihara, Rirî Furankî

Synopsis: Due to his sensitive skin, Kageyama is ridiculed by his fellow Yakuza clan members for being the only one who cannot be branded with their signature tattoo. When Kamiura, the fearsome Yakuza boss who also happens to be a bloodsucking vampire is brutally killed by a competing clan, he passes on his vampire powers to his loyal lieutenant. Now Kageyama is transformed into a bloodthirsty monster who will stop at nothing to avenge his former boss.

Sweet pussy

Thanks to Ekaterina Split_mini-LDG for the submission of her with her sweet pussy. No info on any of the mods was included but maybe she’ll let us know more about the (what I assume are custom made) plugs she’s wearing.

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PS I apologize to both her and you, dear reader, for my lack of imagination when it comes to titles.

Photo of the Day

‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked.
‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat: ‘we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’
‘How do you know I’m mad?’ said Alice.
‘You must be,’ said the Cat, ‘or you wouldn’t have come here.’

As someone with Alice in Wonderland tattoos, I’m a big fan of this tattoo by Alexander Yanitskiy of Kipod in Tel Aviv. I’m always impressed with the work I see coming out of this shop and this is no exception. They have a variety of artists working there and they all seem to be equally talented.

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Nice cock!

Icklenikums sent in this photo of their cock. I have to say it’s a pretty nice looking one!

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No one spoil my cock joke by telling me this is a chicken! Enjoy your weekend folks!

Spring is here

Spring is finally here though you wouldn’t know it where I live since the snowbanks are all over 6 feet high. This beautiful piece by Platon Sosnitsyi, from Kipod in Israel, makes me hopeful that we will actually see green around these parts again.  I love the way that hummingbird pops and depth in the flowers.  It makes me ache for some new ink. And for summer!

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Don’t forget to submit your photos to BME!   See more tattoos in the Tattoo Gallery.

Ink Blood and Spirit

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I just received word that Ink, Blood and Spirit, a documentary on Little Swastika whose work has been featured on ModBlog in the past, is available on-demand as an online download.  Here’s what the filmmakers had to say about it:

A biographical portrait of the self-taught tattooer and artist ”Little Swastika” , whose work is well known worldwide. Filmed in december of 2013 at his studio and gallery – Psyland – located in the small village of Tengen in southern Germany. The main focus is his life story with topics such as inspiration, religion, drugs and body modification.

The film has screened in twelve countries, has been nominated for best documentary and has been officially selected to several film festivals.

If you’d like to watch the trailer or rent the film, it costs a whopping $1.99, click here.

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